Para-rower dies after boat capsizes at world championships
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of rowing says para-rower Dzmitry Ryshkevich died after his boat capsized during training at the world championships in Austria.
High bacteria level cancels water portion of Tokyo triathlon
TOKYO (AP) — High levels of bacteria forced the swimming portion of a triathlon test event for the Tokyo Paralympics to be canceled on Saturday.
UConn will pay $17M to leave the AAC for Big East
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a $17 million exit fee to the American Athletic Conference, so the school can rejoin the Big East next year.
Michigan State fires women’s rowing coach Matt Weise
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has fired women's rowing coach Matt Weise.
Athletic department spokesman Matt Larson confirmed Friday that athletic director Bill Beekman told Weise...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say a fundraising campaign has raised $4.5 million to dredge Philadelphia's Schuylkill River to remove a silt buildup that raised concerns about possible loss of...
Paralympian strives to help people with disabilities
JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jacqui Kapinowski has battled cancer, bacterial meningitis — twice — and a rare neurological disorder that robbed her of the use of her legs.
Olympic champion rower Reinelt of Germany dies at 30
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Maximilian Reinelt, an Olympic gold medalist rower from Germany who was a long-time member of the country's successful men's eights crew, has died. He was 30.
Police in the Swiss canton (state) of Graubuenden said Reinelt collapsed while cross-country skiing in St. Moritz over the weekend. The cause of death was not announced.
Reinelt won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games and silver four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Paratrooper gear of D-Day vet slain in ’78 found in France
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II memorabilia collector in France has found paratrooper gear carried by an American D-Day veteran who went on to become an accomplished athlete before being slain at his Buffalo workplace in the 1970s.
Fire on the water: Dragon boat racing looks to make its mark
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Their paddles slice through the water in perfect rhythm, all 20 of them, guided by a mesmerizing drumbeat and a legendary creature soaring from the bow of their vessel.
Welcome to the world of dragon boat racing, an ancient yet neophyte sport that combines strength, teamwork and even a bit of spirituality.
Combined Koreas crew wins historic medal at Asian Games
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two countries. One significant medal.
A combined Koreas crew earned a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games on Saturday by finishing third in the women's 200-meter dragon boat final behind China and games host Indonesia.
It was the first time a combined team from North Korea and South Korea has won a medal at a major multi-sport international event.
Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics.
The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing.
US teacher rows solo across Atlantic in record time
LONDON (AP) — A high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, has rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing.
Bryce Carlson arrived at St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, off England's southwestern tip, late Saturday — 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John's, Newfoundland.
MOTHERWELL, Scotland (AP) — Two years after earning Croatia's first Olympic gold medal in rowing, the Sinkovic brothers have won a major title again — in a different discipline.
Valent and Martin Sinkovic won the men's pair final of the European Championships at Strathclyde Country Park on Saturday, having switched from the double sculls after their Rio de Janeiro triumph to give themselves a new challenge.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Taking place between the Rio and Tokyo Games, Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri is hoping for some Olympic feeling at a new European multi-sport event.
Often struggling to gain much interest on a European level, swimming and six other sports have brought their stand-alone continental medal competitions together in the 11-day European Championships, which started Thursday in Glasgow with gymnastics, rowing and track cycling.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As someone who has spent countless hours rowing along the Des Moines River, Tonya Logan appreciates the city's vision to create a whitewater course that would draw kayakers to the Iowa capital.
But there's a dirty secret for Des Moines and many other U.S. cities that want to upgrade their urban waterways into scenic destinations: Much of the water is so polluted with manure that people fear it's not safe to dip their hands in the current, let alone to swim in it.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Olympic Council of Asia says North and South Korea will field combined teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women's basketball — at the Asian Games in the latest sign of cooperation between the countries.
The Koreas will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies at the games in Indonesia from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
Syracuse men returning to famed Henley Royal Regatta
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Syracuse men's rowing team is returning to compete in the famed Henley Royal Regatta.
The Orange men will be making their first appearance in the regatta on the River Thames in 11 years. They are one of nine Division I U.S. teams competing in the Temple Challenge Cup.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A military flight instructor in Mississippi who is recovering from a brain tumor has found success at a sports competition.
The Starkville Daily News reports Air Force Capt. Hunter Barnhill competed in early June at the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy. About 300 wounded or ill military members or veterans participated.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Three University of Delaware students were watching truTV's "Impractical Jokers," the hidden-camera reality series, just for fun, not with the idea that it would change the course of their lives.
RYE, N.H. (AP) — Students in New Hampshire who spent a year building boats in a school workshop are set to race their creations this week in a first-ever regatta.
Wisconsin touts Devil’s Lake water, views as it’s named to host 2019 Big Ten Rowing Championships
In the six years since the University of Wisconsin held its first regatta at Devil's Lake State Park, Bebe Bryans has taken on something of a sales role in addition to her job as the Badgers' women's rowing coach.
She has been pitching the Baraboo park as a great and fair option for the Big Ten Conference's rowing championship, meeting some resistance along the way.
The more coaches Bryans brought to Devil's Lake for races since 2012, however, the smaller the opposition became.
Franklin Regional Rowing Club seeks new members, will host May orientation
The Franklin Regional Rowing Club will host a May 2 orientation at Franklin Regional Middle School for students interested in finding out more about crew.
The FR Rowing Club practices at Steel City Rowing, on the Allegheny River in Verona. The club will host a "Learn to Row" camp beginning May 22.
The orientation will take place during ninth period at the middle school. There is no cost to attend.
Ice hockey was her hobby. Lacrosse was her passion.
Yet neither sport will be at the front of Kat Kern’s mind when she begins her collegiate career this fall at Duke.
Kern expects most of her time outside the classroom will be spent on the water with the university’s rowing team, a sport the Greenwich native tried for the first time just three years ago.
“My big thing was lacrosse,” Kern said recently. “I really wanted to be recruited for lacrosse.”
Woman to row across ocean for environmental awareness
SEATTLE (AP) — As a member of the University of Washington's elite women's varsity crew, Eliza Dawson honed her athletic skills on the sometimes-choppy waters of Lake Washington.
This summer, she'll test her rowing talent in a far more challenging environment, where small crews of rowers rarely go: the Pacific Ocean.
Quaker Valley sophomore Ben Kimmy planned to play baseball this spring, but recent success in another sport has made him change his mind.
Kimmy, 15, of Bell Acres set a meet record in winning the men's novice race at the North Allegheny Indoor Rowing Championship regatta Feb. 24. He did 2,000 meters on an erg in 6 minutes, 43.7 seconds, breaking a record that stood since 2014 by 1.2 seconds.
In January, Kimmy took first place at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship (6:54) at Carnegie Mellon.
Cambridge sweeps Boat Races for first time in 21 years
LONDON (AP) — Favorite Cambridge stormed to victory in the Boat Race to hand coach Steve Trapmore a farewell triumph on the River Thames on Saturday.
Cambridge's three-length win over Oxford in the 164th edition completed a clean sweep in all four Boat Races (men's, women's plus reserve races for both) for the first time since 1997.
Trapmore, a gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is rejoining the British Olympic rowing program on April 5.
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Join the Fox Chapel Area High School crew team to work out for a good cause at Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
Members are hosting an erg-a-thon to benefit both the club and the park at 8:30 a.m. March 10.
The fundraiser begins with an instructional session on rowing and using the ergs, which are rowing machines that the athletes use when they can't be on the water.
Participants are asked to organize in teams of three with a goal of each participant raising $35.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a renowned rowing coach after he fell from a boat into Northern California's Lake Natoma.
The Sacramento Bee reports rescue crews recovered the body of 66-year-old John Hooten Jr. Tuesday, a day after he suddenly fell overboard while navigating a single rowing shell.
Paralympic skier Sean Halsted won’t be the only Spokane area resident at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics.
Jamie Redman will also be there.
But not as an athlete. Instead, Redman will be assisting the Parlympic athletes as an athlete service coordinator.
Redman describes her role in South Korea this way: “If everything goes as planned (I) … pass out snacks and free tickets … but nothing goes as planned.”
New ‘BikeErg’ by rowing machine giant Concept2 leaves much to be desired: Stretching Out
New 'BikeErg' by rowing machine giant Concept2 leaves much to be desired: Stretching Out
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A bit of rethinking may be in order for Concept2. Elegant as it is, the company's new BikeErg simply doesn't compare to its predecessors, or to its competitors.
It pains me to say this. I've long been an admirer of Concept2. Two years ago, in fact, I invested in a Model D rower, and I haven't regretted the purchase a single second. The thing's a tank.
East Lansing – The Michigan State women's rowing team will meet Monday afternoon with members of the university's Board of Trustees over their concerns with the school's handling of the Larry Nassar case.
Female rowers sue SMU, alleging gender discrimination
DALLAS (AP) — Members of the SMU women's rowing team have sued the school, alleging gender discrimination and negligence led to hip injuries.
Ann Arbor — Michigan football and basketball have their own facilities with top-notch training equipment and locker rooms, and now athletes involved in rowing, track and field and lacrosse have access to a state-of-the art, all-encompassing facility.
Reporters toured the 280,000-square-foot South campus Performance Center, which was unveiled late last November to student-athletes, on Tuesday. It is in the same complex as the varsity tennis center and gymnastics and wrestling facilities.
Ledyard — When people think of their golden years, thoughts often wander to time spent relaxing, enjoying time with family, traveling or having that extra time to pursue their favorite hobby.
But it's probably uncommon that the hobby involves landing hard punches on a 100-pound heavy bag. Besides, even Rocky Balboa left the ring at 60.
At 77, Maxine Shepatin is a proud mother and grandmother, and a swim referee with a hobby that many people half her age would struggle to do: she boxes.
Rowing, rebounders, boxing among 2018′s top fitness trends
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If you skipped most of your workouts to be more "present" during the holiday festivities and aren't looking forward to getting back on the treadmill, we feel you. We rounded some of the workouts that have fitness fans talking to keep you motivated. Do them at home, in the studio, on a trampoline or a lake (gasp) — whatever it takes to get moving.
Pennsylvania education official resigns amid sex accusations
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The longtime chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Education has resigned amid accusations that he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls more than 35 years ago, when he was in his late 20s and early 30s and a university crew coach.
Double Olympic gold medalist Simon Dickie dies at age 66
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Simon Dickie, who coxed New Zealand rowing crews to Olympic victories at Mexico City in 1968 and Munich in 1972, has died. He was 66.
Rowing New Zealand announced his death, but gave no details.
Dickie was only 17 when he was a member of the coxed four when won New Zealand's first Olympic gold medal in rowing at Mexico City.
Rowers help rescue woman trapped in submerged car
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are calling a group of rowers heroes after they helped rescue a woman who became trapped after her car crashed into a river.
Authorities say the 61-year-old woman crashed into the Schuylkill (SKOO'-kul) River around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Greenwich Academy seniors Emma James and Katarina Kern will soon bring their rowing skills to the collegiate level.
Kern and James both recently signed National Letters of Intent to row at Division I schools. James will compete on the crew team at Bucknell University, while Kern is heading to Duke University.
Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indoors and out, the White House was overrun with school spirit Friday as President Donald Trump welcomed college sports champions and declared them "great athletes." Too many of them to fit in one room, the teams took up positions all around the mansion for separate photo ops with the president.
In all, 18 NCAA teams attended the event at the White House; South Carolina's women's basketball team declined the invitation.
Wiggins returns to competitive sport at indoor rowing champs
LONDON (AP) — Bradley Wiggins is returning to competitive sport for the first time since retiring from cycling, with the former Tour de France champion taking part in British Rowing's indoor championships next month.
British Rowing said on Friday that the 37-year-old Wiggins will compete in a 2,000-meter race in the Dec. 9 event at the velodrome where cycling was staged during the London Olympics in 2012.
Oregon ship captain suspended after close call with rowers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A captain of the Portland Spirit cruise ship has been suspended because of a close call with rowers last month.
Though no one was hurt, Portland Spirit president Dan Yates tells The Oregonian/OregonLive he took the action to make sure his captains know they must err on the side of caution.
As the results have shown, Greenwich Academy was quite a crew this fall.
Competing in their fifth and final regatta of the season this past weekend, the Greenwich Academy crew team rowed its way to three medals at the ultra-competitive Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia.
The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta included more than 2,000 competitors from all over the nation and races took place from the high school to collegiate and master levels.
Rowing in idyllic conditions, Greenwich crew certainly made its presence felt at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta this past weekend in Boston, Mass.
Greenwich crew’s women’s junior eight boat finished second out of 85 boats that competed in their race. They registered an impressive time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds. The boat included coxswain Eleanor Leites, Amanda Pyne, Lucy Koven, Isabel Wilkowski, Daisy DeVore, Camille Boylan, Natasha Neitzell, Sofi de la Sierra and Ellarie Talgo.
Young Connecticut rowers making history at Boston regatta
BOSTON (AP) — Two Connecticut teens are making history at this weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
Quinlan Daly and George Lathrop, both of East Norwalk, will be the youngest youth doubles team ever to scull the renowned rowing race. The 13-year-old friends row out of the Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk.
Allman Brothers Band co-founder’s wife gets 30 days in jail
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The wife of an Allman Brothers Band founding member has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for pointing a rifle at members of a rowing team in Florida.
News outlets report that 62-year-old Donna Betts reported to the Sarasota County jail last week to begin serving her sentence. She previously pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The wife of guitarist Dickey Betts had initially been charged with 18 counts.
Olympic rowing champion selected in New Zealand cycling team
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has been selected in the New Zealand team to compete at the World Road Cycling Championships in Bergen, Norway next month.
Bond teamed with Eric Murray to win gold medals in the men's coxless pair at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics. The pair also won six consecutive world championships during an eight-year partnership in which they were unbeaten in 69 races.